We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passion, unbridled by morality and religion … Our Constitution was only made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.  (Emphasis added.)

John Adams, 2nd U.S. President

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These are the words President Adams delivered to the military in 1798.

They are as true today as they were then.  But alas, we have come to believe that we can proceed without religion and without God.

Many have come foolishly to the view that religion has no place in politics. Really?  Would slavery ever been ended but for the religious views of men and women who opposed it?

Lest you think otherwise, think of the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 22, verses 37-40, when asked by the Pharisees which of the commandments is the greatest he replied:

“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”  (Emphasis added.)

Yesterday, I had the help of an African American man at a store where I was purchasing a few things.  In our exchange we shared warm conversation which included sincere wishes for health and safety in the new year, and an exchange of blessings with one another.  Civic life as it can be, and should be.  Neighbors, mutual respect – helping one another, gratitude, warmth and friendship.

Is that possible without God and religion?  Not likely.

Just look at what people have done to separate us from one another.  The godless in the political class (in the present age the Left does this over and over) create envy and division and make us enemies of one another.  If we but heeded John Adams and thought about what Jesus said we would live so much better, so much more peacefully.

Don’t fall for division and envy, they present a new slavery and rekindle hostility and unease.  And, yes – there is a vital role for religion in politics and civil society and it is at the center, as our foundation.  Those who act to the contrary destroy us.

Shalom.

Postscript – For all the people who have “problems” – especially from your past, your up-bringing: you are the only one who can solve those problems.  No one but you can decide to move forward and discard the injuries of the past and those who “caused” them.

If you “checkmate” yourself by fostering all sorts of odd behavior and limitations because of yesterday, and those people and events of yesterday, you are consigning yourself to weakness and unhappiness – and that is all so very unnecessary.  You have the capacity to say – “enough, I shall live!”

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